Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Hurricane Rosa off Mexico could bring rip currents, flooding in US

Hurricane Rosa off Mexico could bring rip currents, flooding in US

Some isolated areas might be more.

The center of the Category 1 storm was 355 miles southwest of Punta Eugenia and 550 miles south-southwest San Felipe, the NHC said in its 5 a.m. PDT update.

At least 11 people have died in recent days in flash floods caused by heavy rain in Mexico's Pacific coast states of Michoacan and Sinaloa.

High surf up to 10 feet and rip currents will begin along southern California coast Sunday, the hurricane center said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Rosa should still be at tropical storm force when it hits the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state Monday with flooding rains.

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Rosa is expected to make landfall Monday as a tropical storm then continue moving northeast, soaking the southwestern US.

Later next week, Hurricane Rosa is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it passes over California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

The hurricane center said there were no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but swells generated by Rosa were expected to cause unsafe surf and rip current conditions along portions of southwestern Mexico, the peninsula and southern California.

That kind of rain would be significant for Yuma, which gets only 3½ inches of rain a year on average, Deemer said.

One to three inches of rain could fall in Phoenix and Tempe, according to a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

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